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Can Cats Get Lyme Disease?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Pet owners are often surprised that their pets are at risk of tick-borne illnesses spread by deer ticks. Lyme Disease isn't the only concern for pet owners - they also need to worry about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other tick diseases. 

More often than not, we hear of dogs being taken to the vet for receiving Lyme Disease from a deer tick; but we never hear much about cat tick diseases. This is because cats rarely get them! When bitten by a tick, cats become lethargic and suffer acute lameness. Meaning, cats become weak for three to four days and then get over the pain. That's it! Do they use one of their nine lives? We aren't sure.

All we know is, cats handle tick illness much better than dogs or humans. 

Things to remember going into tick season:

  • March begins tick season;
  • Ticks are active above freezing temperatures (over 32 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Know how to remove a tick from pets - and yourself!